Autumn Wall: Be Thankful Together

Thanksgiving is a great time to remind our hearts of the importance of expressing our gratefulness to God and to each other. As 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, we’re to be “thankful in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

In our home, we look forward to Thanksgiving as a day when we invite anyone around us who doesn’t have family nearby to come to our house to celebrate. Some years we have our family plus three or four friends, other years we have upwards of 25 around a table eating and playing games for the day. It’s one of our favorite family ministry opportunities as we gather friends to intentionally spend the day investing in their lives.

Want to expand your family holiday to make an impact on the Kingdom? Here are a few fresh ideas to get you going.

— Think through your guest list. Think about college students whose families are far away. International students who would be thrilled to experience an “American holiday.” A young married couple desiring to start new traditions. Your neighbors who tend to keep to themselves. A coworker whose marriage is falling apart. The single mom who is struggling to provide for her kids. The homeless guy you pass when you walk downtown.

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Source: Baptist Press